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Inside Scoop 2019

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INSIDE SCOOP Thorngrove School Pantings Lane, The Mount, Highclere, Berkshire, RG20 9PS Admissions: 01635 253172 • Westonbirt Senior Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QG Admissions: 01666 880333 • SW Day 2-13 Day/Weekly/Full 11-18 SW Wellesley House Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2DG Admissions: 01843 862991 • Winchester College College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NA Admissions: 01962 621100 • SE Day/Weekly/Full 4-13 Full 13-18 SW Westbourne House School Coach Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 2BH Admissions: 01243 782739 • Woldingham Marden Park, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 7YA Admissions: 01883 654206 • SE Day/Weekly/Full 2-13 Day/Weekly/Full 11-18 SE Westbrook Hay Woodcote House London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2RF Admissions: 01442 256143 • Snows Ride, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20 6PF Admissions: 01276 472115 • GL Day 3-13 Day/Weekly/Full 7-13 SE 90 ★ 2019

INSIDE SCOOP It’s the LITTLE things With his new book, Adolescence: How to Survive It, in the offing, former Eton head Tony Little tells Susannah Warren why it’s vital to keep talking to your teenager, how to choose a school and what he’s learnt in the job The teenage years have never been easy, but with so much unchartered territory to navigate, the experience is more complex today than ever before. “The human condition is constant,” says Tony Little, former headmaster of Eton and co-author of Adolescence: How to Survive It. “What has changed is the electronic world of the screen. That’s a game changer in terms of how adolescents can behave and indeed in terms of relationships. It’s one of the difficult areas of life that we are yet fully to understand and resolve.” Eager to put his 40 years’ practical experience in the context of the knowledge of a real expert, Little collaborated on the book with Herb Etkin, one of the UK’s leading authorities on child and adolescent psychology. Through a series of Q&A dialogues, the pair tackle the key problems facing today’s young adults and set out practical ways to combat them. The most important thing parents can do for their adolescent children, Little says, is “to listen and to talk”. “It sounds so simple as to beggar belief… but actually in the adolescent years it often becomes very difficult. When things have a tendency to go awry is when the lines of communication aren’t clearly open, they clam up or their experience becomes 2019 ★ 91